“Storytelling. Philanthropy. Ultraviolence”: Rockstar co-founder Dan Houser starts new company Absurd Ventures
Dan Houser, co-founder of Rockstar Games and one of the masterminds behind the GTA series, has officially started a new media company called Absurd Ventures. It will focus on creating new IP across various formats.
Subway Surfers co-developer Kiloo Games shutting down after 23 years and laying off all employees
The 23-year journey of Kiloo Games is coming to an end, as the studio is now laying off staff ahead of its closure. The Danish team is best known as co-developer of Subway Surfers, one of the most popular mobile games ever.
How CD Projekt gave Gabe Amatangelo carte blanche to fix Cyberpunk 2077 and direct its sequel
Industry veteran and former BioWare dev Gabe Amatangelo has been with CD Projekt RED since 2020. And he seems to have been instrumental in not only fixing Cyberpunk 2077, but shaping the future and finding the right vision for the game.
Saudi Arabia already invested almost $8 billion in global game companies over past 18 months
It is no secret that Saudi Arabia is betting big on video games as part of its strategy to diversify the country’s oil-centric economy. Here is how much money it has already invested in the sector across the globe.
UK Games Fund to receive additional £5 million to support domestic game developers
The UK government has announced an additional funding of £77 million to accelerate the growth of the country’s creative sectors. This also applies to the video game industry, where developers and emerging studios will be able to receive help at early stages.
Diablo IV hits $666 million in sales in just five days: how it compares to previous games in series
Diablo IV is now generating a hell of a lot of money, as it has already become Blizzard’s fastest-selling game ever both in dollars and units sold. Let’s take a look at sales figures for other games in the long-lasting series.
Genshin Impact developer miHoYo generated more profit in 2022 than Activision Blizzard, EA, and Embracer
miHoYo is a private company, so it doesn’t have to release financial statements. However, Chinese media recently disclosed some information about the Genshin Impact developer’s revenue and profit.
Quantic Dream launches new publishing label Spotlight for indie game developers
Spotlight by Quantic Dream is a new publishing label started by the Detroit: Become Human and Heavy Rain developer. Two indie games, Under The Waves and Lysfanga: The Time Shift Warrior, are expected to come out this year.
343 Industries loses another experienced dev as Halo game designer David Ellis leaves studio after 13 years
Experienced game designer David Ellis is another developer to leave 343 Industries after working on the Halo franchise for more than a decade. This comes a few months after the studio’s restructuring and the departure of other veteran employees.
Inside all aspects of Disco Elysium drama: ZA/UM shareholders, “mega crunch”, toxicity, and IP stealing allegations
New details about the drama surrounding Disco Elysium and its creators have emerged thanks to an in-depth investigation by People Make Games. Let’s dive into all aspects of it, from ZA/UM’s shareholder structure and legal disputes to Robert Kurvitz’s creative leadership and his recently registered trademark called “Corinthians”.
Arkane devs hoped Microsoft would cancel or reboot Redfall, which suffered from talent exodus and poor management
Redfall is one of the most disappointing game releases of 2023 so far, especially coming from an prominent studio like Arkane. Here is what was going on behind the scenes during development, leading to some obvious problems.